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John Corbett, 'Leaving Nothin' Behind' Is Strong Notch in Actor's Country Belt

With two country albums to his name and an acting resume a mile long, John Corbett would be a casting agent's dream for the ABC drama, "Nashville." But for him, that would be taking two steps back in his Music City journey.

"I wouldn't do it. They didn't ask me [laughs], but I wouldn't do it," the affable entertainer tells The Boot, lounging on a couch in his publicist's Music Row office. "I've been too close to being an actor who came to Nashville wanting to sing, with people making assumptions or judging. I had one guy -- a big guy who ran a label -- call me a carpetbagger before he even heard my music! So if I did something like ['Nashville'], I'd get compared too much to an actor trying to make it in this town to steal the pot of gold."

Putting his acting career on hold, Corbett is in town to promote his sophomore country album, Leaving Nothin' Behind, which hit online outlets today (Jan. 29). The collection finds the West Virginia native tackling songs written by mostly Texas tunesmiths, including Jon Randall Stewart, who co-produced the project and penned seven of its ten tracks. Corbett isn't defensive about the fact that his own name isn't on the album's writing credits, as he likens his own songwriting to "silly kids' rhymes," but he is confident in his ability to make a song his own. Beautiful case in point is "Name on a Stone," the song Stewart penned with his "Whiskey Lullaby" (Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss) co-writer, Bill Anderson.

To see the rest of the interview visit The Boot.